Here’s something that you don’t see every day, a 1984 GMC Vandura 3500 School Bus Wrecker! This thing is old school cool! It’s listed on eBay with just over a day to get your bids in, and figure out how you’ll get it towed home from Garfield, Arkansas. The current bid price is under $400 and there is no reserve!
This is one of those creations that you probably would never have a use for but you’re glad that it exists, even if it’s in the woods of Arkansas. As you can see, it’s in fantastic condition and the seller says that there “is no rust anywhere, it is a good solid vehicle.” But, then they then they go on to throw down the most ironic line of 2017: “it will need to be towed or trailered.” You may have seen some other wacky creations using vans, and I think this one would have been much better as a tow vehicle with a regular box on the back and a regular hitch. I don’t see these sorts of tow trucks too often anymore, but they’re still out there.
Wouldn’t this be a head-turner, and a head-scratcher?! Imagine pulling this into a gas station with a ’65 Chevy II on the hook, or maybe a similar short bus? The towing mechanism looks legit here and the seller says that “the quality of the build is excellent.” I would 100% agree from looking at the photos. It’s super unfortunate that it happens to be sitting in the woods, it would have drawn more interest, and more bids, if it would have been in their driveway all washed up and cleaned out and polished. A few hours of elbow grease on a weekend would have done wonders here.
This is a third-generation GMC van, this one a VanDura 3500 one-ton chassis. You’ve seen school buses like this before, but maybe not one that has been shortened and with a tow hook on the rear. The seller says that they bought this rig in Dallas and drove it back to Arkansas and it worked perfectly. They used it for a while, towed a few cars, and then the reverse went out, the bands seized and the transmission will have to be rebuilt. Other than that, it reportedly works good. Or, it did when it was parked.
The interior will need some sprucing up. Hopefully rodents haven’t gotten in there but I’m not sure about that. You can track down some new seats fairly easily and clean up the rest of the interior and you’ll be set. There are no engine photos but the seller mentions that it has a 350 V8, although which version with how much horsepower it has is a mystery. And, whether it runs at all after being parked for a while is also a mystery. This whole rig is a mystery: why would someone use a school bus to make a wrecker? Why was it just parked after the transmission went out if everything worked great? What are the Three Rs? And, maybe the biggest mystery of all: what would you use this cool tow truck for?